General Assembly

Find out more about what we are tracking during Virginia’s annual legislative session.

Virginia House chamber
Photo by Marco Sánchez

The 2020 General Assembly Session convened on Wednesday, January 8 and will ran through Saturday, March 7. In August 2020, a special session convened to deal with pandemic-related budget impacts. Throughout both sessions, PEC has worked to review and weigh in on relevant legislation. To read more about legislation we are paying attention to during Session, take a look at the information below. As always, we’d encourage you to reach out to your Delegate and Senator and let them know what issues you care about.

The Virginia General Assembly moves very fast. Please sign up for PEC email alerts or follow us on Facebook to help keep track of the many bills under consideration. 

If you’re not sure who your Delegate and Senator are, use this Who’s My Legislator? link.

In addition, check out the following resources:

Virginia Conservation Network (VCN)

PEC coordinates with our partners at the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) on important statewide environmental issues. Please visit their website for updates on legislation impacting the environment across the state — everything from clean energy and renewables, to menhaden and Metro funding. Read more >>

More About the General Assembly….

The Virginia General Assembly is the legislative body of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its bicameral body consists of the Virginia House of Delegates, with 100 members, and the Senate of Virginia, with 40 members. Learn more >>

Webinar: Keeping Land in the Family

Webinar: Keeping Land in the Family

Learn more about the new Heirs' Property Act in Virginia and what it means for families who share ownership of land or have inherited land without a will. Family-owned land has many social, economic, and conservation benefits. It can be a family’s most valuable asset. Yet, many have had difficulty ...
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Support Conservation Funding and Programs

Support Conservation Funding and Programs

The following text was taken from an email alert sent out on October 5, 2020 by The Piedmont Environmental Council's director of state policy, Dan Holmes. To sign up for PEC email alerts, visit pecva.org/signup. Thank the General Assembly for their support for conservation in the budget and remind them ...
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General Assembly Special Session Update

Virginia House in action during the special session. Beginning on Aug 18, the Virginia General Assembly entered a special session to focus on budget impacts related to the pandemic and calls for criminal justice and policing reforms as local and national unrest continued following the death of George Floyd. At ...
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Take Action: Ask Your Delegate to Oppose SB 5106

Take Action: Ask Your Delegate to Oppose SB 5106

-August 2020 General Assembly Special Session- PEC is asking that you contact your Delegate and request that they oppose Senate Bill 5106. This legislation would extend the sunset date for various local land use approvals (plats, rezonings, special use permits and exceptions, etc.) that were valid as of July 1, ...
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Special Call to Action for a Special Session

Special Call to Action for a Special Session

Covid-19 has driven home the vital connection between environmental protection and public health. Virginia’s budget should prioritize parks, trails and open spaces, restore water quality and strengthen our local food systems. Dear Supporter, I generally write to you during the winter, that period between January and March when the Virginia ...
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